Woman DRAGGED FROM CAR at checkpoint

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Distressing vision of a woman being forcibly removed from her car by armed police at a Victorian virus checkpoint has gone viral after being shared on Facebook.

A masked Natalie Bonett refused to get out of her car after a discussion with an officer about a phone charger at Wallan, about 60km north of the city.

“The problem is you’re not stating your name to me,” the officer is heard saying.

The footage then shows the officer lean into the vehicle as Ms Bonett protests, before she is forcibly removed.

“I am shaking, crying and in complete disbelief that I was treated this way,” Ms Bonett wrote of the event, recounting that she was arrested and handcuffed.

Meanwhile, Victoria has reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths, with the latest figures supporting the state’s planned easing of lockdown restrictions.

Sunday’s statistics for the past 24 hours take the state’s death toll to 723 and the national count to 810 since the start of the pandemic.

As parts of Victoria move towards eased restrictions, some tensions are emerging, including reports of further protest action on Sunday.

Premier Daniel Andrews has said that as lockdown restrictions ease in regional areas, road checkpoints might be stepped up to make sure Melburnians don’t escape to the country.

“It may go to a new level to make sure that only those who absolutely need to be travelling into country Victoria are doing that,” he said.

Victoria’s two weeks of low infection rates have prompted Mr Andrews to indicate the possibility that regional Victoria could jump two steps out of lockdown by mid-next week.

This will mean, among other things, that regional residents would very soon be able to go out for a coffee or meal.

Melburnians are also set to receive some relief from Monday, with the reduction in hours of the daily curfew, to 9pm to 5am and the allowance of ’household bubbles’, providing company for those who live alone.

Small anti-lockdown protests were staged in Melbourne on Saturday and more are expected on Sunday.

Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/coronavirus/terrified-woman-natalie-bonett-ripped-from-vehicle-by-armed-police-at-victorian-virus-checkpoint-ng-b881665157z

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